Best Science Fiction Movies of 1969

1.

The Valley of Gwangi

3.6
6.3/10 IMDB

A turn of the century wild west show struggling to make a living in Mexico comes into the possession of a tiny prehistoric horse. This leads to an expedition to the Forbidden Valley where they discover living dinosaurs. They capture one and take it back to be put on display, leading to inevitable mayhem.

Starring: James Franciscus, Gila Golan, Richard Carlson, Laurence Naismith, Freda Jackson, Gustavo Rojo, Dennis Kilbane, Mario De Barros, Curtis Arden ..
Directed by: Jim O'Connolly
Release date: 1969-07-24
2.

Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Blackmailing a young couple to assist with his horrific experiments the Baron, desperate for vital medical data, abducts a man from an insane asylum. On route the abductee dies and the Baron and his assistant transplant his brain into a corpse. The creature is tormented by a trapped soul in an alien shell and, after a visit to his wife who violently rejects his monstrous form, the creature wreaks his revenge on the perpetrator of his misery: Baron Frankenstein.

Starring: Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones, Simon Ward, Thorley Walters, Maxine Audley, George Pravda, Caron Gardner ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1969-05-22
3.

Journey to the Far Side of the Sun

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

A planet is discovered in the same orbit as Earth's but is located on the exact opposite side of the sun, making it not visible from Earth. The European Space Exploration Council decide to send American astronaut Glenn Ross and British scientist John Kane via spaceship to explore the other planet. After a disastrous crash-landing Ross awakes to learn that Kane lies near death and that they apparently have returned to Earth, as evidenced by the presence of the Council director and his staff. Released to the custody of his wife, he soon learns things are not as they seem.

Starring: Roy Thinnes, Ian Hendry, Patrick Wymark, Lynn Loring, Loni von Friedl, Franco De Rosa, George Sewell, Ed Bishop, Philip Madoc, Vladek Sheybal ..
Directed by: Robert Parrish
Release date: 1969-08-27
4.

Marooned

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

After spending several months in an orbiting lab, three astronauts prepare to return to earth only to find their rockets wont fire. After initially thinking they might have to abandon them in orbit, NASA decides to launch a daring rescue. Their plans are complicated by a Hurricane headed towards the launch site and a shrinking air supply in the astronauts capsule.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Richard Crenna, David Janssen, James Franciscus, Gene Hackman, Lee Grant, Nancy Kovack, Mariette Hartley, Scott Brady, Craig Huebing ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1969-12-11
5.

Hey, Cinderella!

3.1
7.6/10 IMDB

Hey Cinderella! is a one-hour Jim Henson special which tells a cracked version of the classic fairy tale. Cinderella lives with her wicked stepmother (as everyone who ever read the fairy tale knows), but what part of the story is never told is how Cinderella's fairy godmother had help from monsters, a prince pretending to be a gardener, and none other than Kermit the Frog.

Starring: Belinda Montgomery, Robin Ward, Joyce Gordon, Pat Galloway, Jim Henson, Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz ..
Directed by: Jim Henson
Release date: 1969-03-16
6.

The Illustrated Man

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

A man who has a body almost completely covered in tattoos is searching for the woman who cursed him with the "skin illustrations". Each tattoo reveals a bizarre story, which is experienced by staring at the scene depicted. When the illustrated man meets a fellow tramp on the road a strange voyage begins.

Starring: Rod Steiger, Claire Bloom, Robert Drivas, Don Dubbins, Jason Evers, Tim Weldon, Christine Matchett ..
Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1969-03-26
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1969 : Stereo (Tile 3B of a CAEE Educational Mosaic)
7.

Stereo (Tile 3B of a CAEE Educational Mosaic)

2.9
5.3/10 IMDB

Disguised as an educational film. Stereo purports to be a report on the "Canadian Academy of Erotic Inquiry's" experiments to induce telepathy in eight experimental subjects. It follows the effects of the experiment using the theoretical framework of the parapsychologist Luther Stringfellow. The film is virtually silent except for commentary by the experimenters.

Starring: Ronald Mlodzik, Jack Messinger, Iain Ewing, Clara Mayer, Paul Mulholland, Arlene Mlodzik, Glenn McCauley ..
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Release date: 1969-06-23
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1969 : The Gladiators
8.

The Gladiators

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Some time in the future, East and West have stopped maintaining standing armies and nuclear weapons. Instead, to settle their differences they pit different teams of crack combat specialists against each other.

Starring: Arthur Pentelow, Frederick Danner, Hans Bendrik, Daniel Harle, Björn Franzén, Kenneth Lo, Hans Berger, Rosario Gianetti, Tim Yum, Stefan Dillan ..
Directed by: Peter Watkins
Release date: 1969-06-25
9.

Moon Zero Two

2.5
4.4/10 IMDB

The colonisation of space began in 1986 and now, fifty years on, the moon is frontier territory. The prospectors, the drillers, the exploiters and the exploited all surviving in this alien environment. The prospects for lucrative rewards exist but the premium paid for potential gain is often the ultimate sacrifice- life.

Starring: James Olson, Catherine Schell, Warren Mitchell, Adrienne Corri, Ori Levy, Bernard Bresslaw, Dudley Foster, Neil McCallum, Joby Blanshard, Michael Ripper ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1969-10-20
10.

A Time of Roses

2.4
6.1/10 IMDB

In the year 2011, historian Raimo Lappalainen wants to illustrate how life was 50 years earlier. He becomes obsessed with the fate of a 1970s nude model, Saara Turunen, and finds a perfect actress to reconstruct her life and death in front of a TV camera. Meanwhile, a strike at a nuclear plant is covered up by the media. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

Starring: Arto Tuominen, Ritva Vepsä, Tarja Markus, Arja Saijonmaa, Eila Pehkonen, Kalle Holmberg, Pekka Streng, Hilkka Kesti, Allan A. Pyykkö, Matti Lehtelä ..
Directed by: Risto Jarva
Release date: 1969-02-07

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